and so, I act cold

vanessa fairfax-woods


The home is where the heart is. Where we feel safe, secure, can relax, be ourselves.

However, women’s roles in the home aren’t quite as simple. Often split into roles of mother, wife, siren; women can find the domestic setting a minefield of stereotypes and prejudices that hark back centuries. ‘and so, I act cold’ investigates our struggles with motherhood, sexuality and beauty standards that are pressed onto us.

The home should be a place where women, free from the objectifying gaze of the outside, can adopt an authentic persona; but is this actually true? At heart, this project is an exploration of how we as women are confined to these roles. Can we choose what we want to show of ourselves, even in the home? Or are we always forced to adopt the roles that history has made for us?

By being moulded into these ‘perfect’ women we often show our sexual allure but hide our intellect, politics or emotions as a way to ensure our presence is non-threatening. By cherry-picking what we show and what we hide, what sort of fragmented whole are we displaying? ‘and so, I act cold’ highlights the frustrations,

absurdity and fragility of not showing one’s true self.

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